Is Buying Modafinil In Romania Legal?
If you’ve heard about nootropics and cognitive enhancing drugs, there’s a fair chance you’ve heard of Modafinil.
This drug is receiving heavy attention thanks to the uptick in use by students, businesspeople, athletes, and more, all trying to gain an edge in performance.
According to one article in the Irish Examiner:
“Cambridge’s student newspaper, Varsity, reported in its survey of 1,000 students that a tenth had taken Modafinil, or other prescription stimulants, to aid study.
Never mind students: a survey published in the scientific journal, Nature, claims a fifth of British academics used Modafinil and similar drugs — 34% of them obtained online without a prescription.”
It’s not just in Britain and Ireland either. Worldwide, individuals are turning to this so-called smart drug, all trying to gain a leg up.
Now, we can go back and forth about whether the efficacy of Modafinil is overblown, but the more pressing question for those who already have their mind made up is how to get the stuff.
The legality of Modafinil is in a state of flux, to say the least, with laws differing from country to country, and the specific stances changing as knowledge and understanding evolves.
Can you buy Modafinil in Romania? We’re going to look at that question today, along with what alternatives you might want to look at if you need a secondary option.
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The Facts About Modafinil
First, let’s talk about what Modafinil is. You’ve doubtless heard plenty of hype surrounding this drug. Here’s one excerpt from Vice, extolling some of the perceived virtues of the compound:
“Chances are you’ve heard of the drug Modafinil. You know the one: the “smart drug,” sometimes called the Limitless pill, that turns sleep-deprived college students and young professionals into energetic workhorses.”
Reading that, you’d think that Modafinil was the end-all-be-all of cognitive enhancement, the one pill that rules them all. Let’s take a step back, though, and look at this from a balanced point of view.
Modafinil is a eugeroic compound, meaning it fights off feelings of sleep and helps individuals stay awake when they’d otherwise be tired.
It was developed in the 1970s but did not receive approval until decades later, coming to market in 1998 (in the United States, at least) and has been marketed to treat narcolepsy.
In fact, the treatment of sleep disorders is pretty much the only approved use. The off-label uses, while numerous, are not widely promoted by physicians.
This is in spite of scientific study and anecdotal reports largely backing them up.
They include increased working memory, heightened awareness, greater motivation to stay on task, and a general improvement in well-being that makes it easier to be productive. Supposedly.
Does Modafinil Work?
Yes, and perhaps no, in a manner of speaking. For it’s stated use, the treatment of sleep disorders, Modafinil is enjoyed by many sufferers and seems to do well in aiding with their symptoms.
Even for individuals that do not have sleep disorders, the wakefulness-promoting properties are effective.
When taken before the onset of sleep, it seems to be good at fighting off feelings of tiredness and allowing users to trudge through whatever tasks they are trying to accomplish.
This is without the crash normally associated with amphetamines, too. Rebound hypersomnia, the effect of creating a “sleep debt” when using other stimulants to stay awake, does not appear to be prevalent in individuals who use Modafinil.
There is also less chance for abuse and dependence as well. In fact, Modafinil has been studied as a potential treatment for cocaine dependence, as both drugs affect similar parts of the brain, and also because of the risk of abuse of Modafinil are so low.
Besides the studies surrounding Modafinil’s prescribed use for different sleep related conditions, plenty of studies have been conducted in hopes of better understanding the off-label benefits of the drug. Many of those studies demonstrate evidence that Modafinil is in fact a cognitive enhancer, especially when the subject hasn’t had any sleep. One of those studies found that patients who were given Modafinil were more focused, alert and capable compared to a placebo group when they were asked to complete tasks after being awake for 24 hours.
It also seems that you don’t necessarily need to be sleep deprived to enjoy the alternate benefits of Modafinil. Professor Guy Goodwin concluded that “This overview suggests that, on current evidence, modafinil enhances cognition independent of its known effects in sleep disordered populations”. His praise didn’t stop there either as he also added that “Modafinil may well deserve the title of the first well-validated pharmaceutical nootropic agent”.
There may also be some interesting side effects to go along with the increase in focus, mood and decision making.
One study on chess players noted that the ones who used cognitive boosters like Modafinil were prone to more carefully considering their decisions and making better overall moves, but saw a dip in their situational awareness and sense of time.
As a result, they would continually run out of time before they could act.
While this might be seen as an indictment against the use of smart drugs, the researchers in the study did note that the time limit might be a flaw in the design of their experiment.
From the Business Insider article:
“For future studies, they suggested, researchers should test the performance of doped chess players given a much longer time limit, so the study could isolate the positive effects of brain drugs.”
It’s worth that in some situations, carefully considering the options might be of great benefit, so this shouldn’t be seen as a great negative of Modafinil on the whole.
Can I Take Modafinil Legally?
In many areas around the world, Modafinil is legal but requires a prescription to obtain. In the United States, it is a Schedule IV drug, meaning that it is OK to possess as long as you have the go-ahead from a physician.
In some places, like Ireland, obtaining a prescription is difficult, and individuals who want Modafinil for personal use must turn to creative ways of obtaining the drug.
Other countries take an even stricter stance. In Russia, for instance, Modafinil is treated like cocaine, and possession can run the risk of jail time in some instances.
In Japan, they also take a more aggressive stance on the drug and will investigate illicit use and importation, though, no reports of arrest as far as one can tell.
In Romania Modafinil is available with a prescription, and can also be obtained from online retailers who will ship to the country.